500 Civil Servants Get Pay Rise

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About 500 civil servants who have suffered stagnation in their position for a long time have been given concessional promotion, courtesy of Rivers State Civil Service Commission.
Already about 1500 civil servants are also undergoing special certificate training to remedy their qualifications in order to enable them qualify for promotion.
Chairman of the Rivers State Civil Service Commission, Chief A.E Egobueze disclosed the development at the 2009 civil servants week celebrations on Monday in Port Harcourt.
Chief Egobueze also said transfer arrangements for about 56 state civil servants to the federal service is underway, adding that the commission would soon institute an award of excellence for exceptional civil servants in the state.
The Rivers State Civil Service Commission boss expressed happiness over the recent drive by the Governor Amaechi administration to reposition the civil service.
He said the present government has recorded some achievements in the civil service including fostering staff welfare, remuneration, improvement of facilities and training for civil servants.
Chief Egobueze said the commission has over the years carried out its functions in strengthening the state civil service and therefore urged all departments and ministries to partner to bring about sustainable development in the state.
Speaking on the topic, “ repositioning state institutions and forging partnership for the challenges of sustainable Development”, Director of the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA),Mr Bolaji Ogunseye said institutions are developed gradually, planned and managed to achieve results.
However, he was of the opinion that attitude and values of people are very important in building institutions that would last.
Part of the measures he recommended to reposition the civil service, include a paradigm shift in perception and attitude of civil servants, since good governance does not result in a vacuum.